Here are the topics covered in this edition of Byline (full audio available below):
At the top – Hearings have begun on Capitol Hill into the IRS targeting of tea party and other conservative groups that were applying for tax exempt status. We discuss who has been affected by the scandal here in Kentucky with WFPL Political Editor Phillip M. Bailey and Kentucky Public Radio’s Kenny Colston.
6:20 – WFPL education reporter Devin Katayama and Joe Sonka from LEO Weekly discuss a meeting of a Christian educators’ group at a Jefferson County Public Schools facility. Some say it crossed the line separating church and state.
14:40 – His Holiness the Dalai Lama will be in Louisville Sunday through Tuesday to speak on the topic of “Engaging Compassion.” Devin Katayama describes highlights of the visit and public appearances.
17:35 – The search is on for a new director of Metro Animal Services. Justin Scally announced this week that he’s leaving the agency to take a national position based in Washington after a short time at the helm here in Louisville. WFPL’s Joseph Lord has details.
21:05 – The Courier-Journal’s turf writer Jennie Rees joins us from Baltimore for a preview of tomorrow’s Preakness Stakes, the second leg in thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown. Orb is the favorite, and while trainer Shug McGaughey is not given to hyperbole, even he can’t contain his excitement about the Derby winner’s chances tomorrow.
29:30 – Preservationists are racing to raise money for the restoration of Anatok, a 19th century plantation house in Bardstown. If the effort falls short, most of the building will likely be dismantled for the expansion of the school that owns it. WFPL’s Rick Howlett visits the site and delivers a feature report.
33:30 – Marie Porter was a child of the Civil Rights movement. She was raised in the west Louisville, and at the age of 11 was one of the first African-Americans to integrate into a predominantly white school. In 1961, as a high school student, she took part in “Nothing New For Easter,” during which she and others refused to purchase clothing from stores that practiced racial discrimination. Some 50 years later, she discusses those times with WFPL’s Jonathan Bastian.
41:15 – WFPL’s arts and humanities reporter Erin Keane has some recommendations for noteworthy arts events in the Louisville area this weekend and beyond, including Spalding’s Festival of Contemporary Writing featuring Tim O’Brien, West Side Story at the Kentucky Center for the Arts, and the Great American Sex Play.
44:00 – Richard Larson is a theorist at MIT whose passion for studying lines led to his nickname: “Dr. Queue.” He talks us through some of the logic behind line dynamics and design in a recent episode of 99% Invisible.